On Sunday’s we skincare.
My perfectly tanned, smooth, wrinkle-free young 20 something skin is in the rearview. Life is so crazy these days it is hard to keep up with the latest. The few spare minutes I have to read blogs, I often just browse headlines before I am tending to a bruised knee, or a life-altering spilled bowl of goldfish. I am most certainly not complaining but the small part of me that still gets priority wants to keep myself looking as youthful as possible, despite thriving on little sleep & 4 cups of coffee per day.... I know I am not alone in this either!
Cue my main man, Frank. That's Frankincense essential oil. Every night I dab a bit of Frank on my forehead, cheeks and chin then rub in with my nighttime moisturizer. My skin has never felt so soft or looked so healthy despite being a mom of 3 babies. I am telling you, it is a GAME CHANGER.
So much so, I even had someone comment on how supple my skin looked while I was still in the delivery room, at 2:00am after being awake for 22 hours after delivering my 3rd baby.
In addition to my main squeeze, Frank, one ritual my husband and I follow is what we term " Skin care Sunday." I'll let you guess what it means. We either use a fun mask or under eye patches then I finish with my jade roller. It's also the time I experiment with any new products or oil blends.
Recently, I made us a "glow serum" using my fav skin benefiting oils and we take time to hydrate our money makers, while bonding over the fact we cannot get enough of our oils. YES, even my macho, anti-oily husband has come around to this natural living thing!
Grab yourself a cute little bottle dropper & get making this serum!
Glow, Baby, Glow! Serum Recipe:
+ 10 drops Lavender
+ 10 drops Frankincense
+ 10 drops Copiaba
+ carrier oil (I like to use rose hip seed oil on my face)
= ENJOY the softest, supple skin :)
What are some of your absolute favorite go -to skin oils?
We have all been there. The start of the baby registry. Ugh. It's exciting and emotional because this is the start of planning the best life for your little one to be. You have all the feels then it hits you, this is real life. It's overwhelming & suddenly it's terrifying. Fortunately, many registry providers give you a suggested or "must have" list for baby. *eye roll* Because more than half of it is bogus. Fear not, I am not here to misguide you.
With that said, here are the honest to goodness no frills must have for baby!
1. A Cool Mist Humidifier
Without a doubt, next to diapers and wipes, I use the cool mist humidifier the most of any gift I received at my shower years ago. It is one of those not so glamorous gifts but is seriously a life saver the moment a cold or even just a runny nose hits. Do yourself (or a friend/sister/etc) a solid and ensure they receive a cool mist humidifier for baby.
2. A carrier/wrap of some sort.
The concept of baby wearing was one I was very keen on. I may be a tad on the extreme side but I didn't want to let my new babe out of my sight or even my arms at times. The novelty of the wrap wore off as my son got bigger and more interested in his environment so I tucked it away BUT the second time around, the wrap was a game changer. I was fortunate to have two babies fairly close in age. They both needed so much of me simultaneously and it was difficult at times to give myself to meet both of their needs at the same time. The wrap was great because no matter how much I stretched or wrapped it, the shape remained unchanged and had the same give and stretch time and time again. I love my Boba wrap. My Ergo is great for more adventurous outings but also came in great demand when I would wrap my newborn and wear my toddler if he was feeling like he needed extra mommy time. Trust me, I looked like #momgoals when I was double wearing! Do yourself a favor and invest in a decent carrier/wrap. Your arms and back will thank you for it.
I think it goes without saying babies need diapers. Again, not a super glamorous gift but one that is so practical any mom will thank you for. Diapers cost SO much money for how short a period they wear them. You will be snapping the onesie closed when BOOM you hear another explosion. I won't belabor the importance of diapers to a newborn. Just have common sense and help a momma out. Should you receive too many of one size, they can easily be exchanged for the next size up.
4. Baby Swing and/or Rocker
For the sake of space, I initially opted to forego a swing. My pre-baby self didn't want my cute decorated house to seem overtaken by baby lambs. HAH - little did my pre-baby self know, a sleeping baby is worth more than the obscure puppy dog themed monstrosity in the corner. I swore I didn't need a swing, then one day my son slept 2.5 hours at a friends in her swing. You bet I stopped on the way home and had that end table moved and swing set up all before dinner.
5. Baby Backseat Car Mirror
This one is a close second to the most boring baby gift on this list (& there is some pretty stiff competition here) but in terms of practicality it's at the top. Once you decide you have yourself together enough to get yourself and your dashing new babe out the door, you will find yourself checking on him (or her) constantly in the car. This is an item that will outlast the initial newborn/infant stages too. You will get some serious bang for your buck with how often you refer to your backseat car mirror with you little one in tow.
Now that you have a solid understanding of the most boring yet insanely practical baby products, go out and spoil yourself, your new baby, or an expecting loved one. The perk is that the majority of the boring stuff isn't too pricey so you can still splurge on the cutesy baby stuff we all go GAWWW over.
*Disclaimer, I am by no means a baby whisperer nor am I a pro on selecting baby items. BUT I am someone who likes to research and understand a product before I decide if it is truly for me. I have found through my motherhood journey thus far, these 5 items have truly saved the day more times than I can count.
What other practical baby items have you found are MUST HAVES?
It's National Hand Lettering Day -- WOOHOO!! So what better time to discuss what really gets me excited! There are fewer things I get more excited about than new craft supplies. Notebooks, pens, planners, washi- you name it and I am happier than a kid on Christmas morning. As many use the new year as a reset, I too, found myself wanting a fresh start. Recently, I realized my nib holder had seen better days (I guess it's a good thing my pen is getting so much use!) so I decided to try out a new oblique pen. I was ready to bite the bullet and purchase one of the super trendy nib holders I have seen on other calligraphy blogs until I came across one who pointed out the most expensive holders do not mean they are the best! So much of my research into the perfect nib holder directed me towards a wooden pen. I even found a few that weren't too expensive. I ultimately can't pinpoint what made me go against my initial decision but I and my bank account are glad I did!
Many say wood pens are all the rave, but I have to say this plastic adjustable nib holder is quite the upgrade from my pervious (at least it feels that way). I love the ease in which I am able to switch out nibs, and the curves of the base seem to comfortably fit my hand. SO if you're in the market for a new oblique, but don't want to break the bank, I highly recommend checking out this little number. The best part : it's completely economical, and even comes in a few color options, so you can still coordinate with your cute workspace (if that really exists in real life). I opted for the matte black because I like how it matches my other pens!
If you're in the market for a new nib holder, this one (see below!) is definitely a must see!
the most basic suburban .....
For starters..... Basic. The term can be perceived to mean many different things. To me, it's; Simple. At the core, I am the same as many of you tuning in (major thank you for being here)!
I've become a natural living & wellness advocate working to do better everyday for my family & would love to help you do the same!
I take advantage of the perfect imperfections each day brings, while trying to raise good, kind babies.
So, if you ever catch yourself wondering what a simple suburban life is like, you can find me, The Basic Suburban, chasing my tiny humans & pup, while getting oily doing house projects (because, DIY life), slowly browsing every aisle at Target Starbucks in hand, sipping wine promptly at 5pm (maybe even before), & trying to smile & laugh my way through the day.
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